Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CD Review: PAUL EVANS - Steelin' From The Heart

Steelin' From The Heart
Bars of Steel - Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Faded Love - Harbour Lights - How Great Thou Art - I Love You Because - Last Date -Life's Railway To Heaven - Sunday In Dixie - Steel Guitar Rag
This Ontario, Canadian, steel player is way way up there.  Not just 'north' up there, I mean way up there in his ability to play a really really neat steel.  He plays a special Fulawaka steel guitar, and according to Paul, "I have never played a steel with such smooth action and the sound is awesome."  Yes, I have to agree, the sound is awesome.  What is also awesome is the selection of material Paul picked for this very nice album project.  Paul has been playing the steel for well over forty years, and it is definitely apparent in how well this album came together.  His father was an evangelist, preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  According to Paul "He was a wonderful man and had a love for souls.  I promised dad that when I learned how to play the steel, and I sure hope that I know how after 40 years, that I would record an album for the Lord's work."  Paul certainly has done that with the songs "How Great Thou Art" and "Life's Railway To Heaven."  Steel guitar has been Paul's first love, and it shines through on everything he is doing with music.  I find some nuances in his playing that I've not heard before in steel playing, and I believe that comes from individual musical gift and how it is processed and passed along, which Paul does really well.  I'm sending this off to the Rural Roots Music Commission although it is early in the transpiring time frame of doing that. Not sure Paul would want to come to our annual Rural Music Gathering in Fremont, Nebraska, where those kind of awards are made, but I sure have my fingers crossed.
MUSIC REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - Pres. NTCMA for Country Music News International
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